Succulents are trending. I honestly think I see a succulent pin or blog post at least once a week. I’m jumping on the bandwagon and show you how to make a succulent garden.

First, you need to go out and buy your succulents and cacti. Your local garden center should have a variety if not there are many vendors on Etsy who sell them. When choosing which ones to buy make sure they vary in height, width, texture, and color. This is important because you need a balance in your mini garden.

For my garden, I chose twenty-two succulents and two cacti. When handling cacti make sure you wear needle proof gloves.

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Before planting your succulents and cacti, place them on a table and arrange them in the way you want them in the planter. This way you can figure out the best placement for each plant.

Place small rocks on the bottom of your planter. This allows the water to drain. If water cannot drain, the soil becomes too wet and the roots can rot causing your plants to die. Don’t skimp on the rocks, trust me.

Place succulent and cactus soil on top of the stones. This is also an important step because this special soil has higher sand content than regular soil. This helps imitate the plant’s natural habitat.

Once you have finished planting all of your succulents and cacti place the leftover stones around the plants in clusters. You can also use reindeer moss. I used a combination of both.

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  • 1 planter (mine is from West Elm)
  • Enough succulents and cacti to fill your planter (varying in size and color)
  • 1 bag of succulent & cacti soil
  • 1 bag of stones
  • 1 bag of reindeer moss
  • 1 pair of needle proof gloves (if using cacti)

We also have trees in our garden. You might want professional help when the trees aren’t looking very healthy and they require a good trimming. Yes, unhealthy trees can really bring down the visual appeal of your yard. But a quality tree service will help to prevent this from happening in the first place. And if there is a way to save the tree, professionals will find it.